"A big-hearted, beautifully detailed story, chronicling how one mother and son grew closer amid unspeakable tragedy and the upheaval of a nation.
Coleman's story is an important footnote to American history, one that highlights how the pursuit of justice--even amid tragedy and in the face of evil--can transform lives in profound and powerful ways."
--Dean Bakopoulos, author of My American Unhappiness
Joe Roger's Blog "The Great Boom" review here
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Coleman is a Texas and Oklahoma native who came to Wisconsin by way of New York and Chicago.
He has enjoyed an adventurous career as a rebel, a nightclub manager, a chef, an international meetings industry poobah, a gay clinic CEO, a social activist, a software mogul and an innkeeper. He is the founder and (former) artistic director of an outdoor stage where he produced five seasons of original plays submitted by playwrights from around the world. Coleman studied Theatre at Cornell University, Education at the University of Michigan and Finance and Human Resources at the University of Illinois/Chicago. He teaches writing workshops at the University of Wisconsin/Madison.
He is the author of a memoir (SPOKE) a collection of plays (FAUX POE) and a novel (KIDNAPPING HENRY KISSINGER). He received a Literary Artist Fellowship from the Wisconsin Arts Council and is a three-time recipient of an artist-community collaboration grant from the Wisconsin Arts Council. As a playwright, he has adapted numerous popular works for performance, including adaptations of A Christmas Carol, A Child's Christmas in Wales, The Creeping Man and The Diary of William Stephens and more than thirty of Edgar Allan Poe's short stories.
Coleman directs a play by Jacob Appel
Strollers Theatre, Madison
Feb 24, 2018
Infamous Mothers - The Play
Sneak peak of Coleman's stage adaptation of the book
by Sagashus T. Levingston
June 11-15, 2018
Write by the Lake
Coleman teaches a week-long writing class for memoirists
University of Wisconsin, Madison
June 22-July 14, 2018
A Contest of Wills
Premiere of Coleman's new play
Broom Street Theatre
Two of Coleman's monologues - Cuban Poetry & Enough Trouble in the World - were recently selected for production by Forward Theatre. Brooms Street Theatre will premiere his new play A Contest of Wills in 2018, and Strollers Theatre will premiere his new adaptation of Sagashus T. Levingston's Infamous Mothers also in 2018.
Coleman is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, and Playwrights Ink of Madison.
"SPOKE is a true story. It is written from my memories, from material in my substantial personal collection of letters and papers, from 900 pages of FBI files secured under the FOIA, from my mother's hospital records, from interviews and newspaper files, from court records, and from documents provided by the Oklahoma Historical Society and the Daniel and Phillip Berrigan Collection in the Cornell University Rare Books Library."
Coleman and his husband live in the country in rural Wisconsin